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Fire destroys shrimp RAS in Texas

March 23, 2020  By  Nestor Arellano

A fire gutted the research and development plant 0f a shrimp recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) company in Texas last week.

NaturalShrimp Inc., reported that the blaze, which broke out on March 17, completely destroyed its R&D facility in La Coste Texas. No one was injured.

A press release from the company said that while it is too early to definitely determine the cause of the fire it “believes such fire was caused by a natural gas leak.”

“The total size of all facilities at the La Coste location is 53,000 square feet, although the damage occurred at the company’s pilot production plant, consisting of 35,000 square feet, and did not include the separate greenhouse/reservoirs and utility buildings,” the press release from NaturalShrimp said. “Additional information will be furnished at such time that the company receives official reports from the fire marshal so that it can determine any losses that can be recovered under the company’s insurance.”

It was earlier reported that NaturalShrimp expected to produce some 6,000 pounds of shrimp per year from the facility in Texas.

The fire destroyed more than 1.5 million post-larval shrimp.

The Dallas-based aquaculture company  in known for having patented an innovative commercially-operational RAS for shrimp. The system enables the company to grown shrimp in an enclosed salt-water system.

Last September, NaturalShrimp announced a partnership with Hanilu Farms to help the Indiana company boost the growth rate of indoor barramundi aquaculture operations.

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